Posted by Chuck Henry on Mar 21, 2021
  
The Port Townsend High School Varsity Mock Trial team, physically together for a socially distanced team photo after a school year of Zoom practice sessions and having won the District competition, gathered in front of the gymnasium the week they go (virtually) to State.  High spirits and relaxed friendships follow months of intense study and cross-coaching under pressure.  The seniors, to the front, are each natural leaders, and some have been on the team since middle school.  Look out World, here comes the PTHS Mock Trial team to give it their best.
 
Port Townsend Sunrise Rotary is a proud supporter of the team!
 
Update: 20 March 2021
On Saturday, PTHS Mock Trial finished 5th out of 24 teams competing Statewide in the finals by Zoom, and had nominations in all categories of Best Witness and Best Attorney.  The four teams finishing ahead were all much bigger Seattle area schools, but we got some really good compliments from the raters (three for each of the four trials, two each for Prosecution and two for Defense).  We showed strength, class, courtesy and professionalism.
 
Today, Seattle Prep of King County edged out Kings High School in the finals (we had beaten Kings High School in the Saturday trials), to become the State champs.  
 
Judge Lewis, the author of the Mock Trial cases, has already read the draft of next year's case, which will be a civil case with really tough liability questions.  But this year's case was intriguing because, when it was written almost two years ago, it uncannily predicted the events of January 6th in Washington DC with a public protest which resulted in property damage and assault, allegedly masterminded by the criminal defendant operating remotely by computer and encrypted text messaging.  
 
Great fun and the students grew immensely in their trial preparations, and developed really noticeably strong teamwork bonds, in the midst of a totally pandemic.